With festival season about to begin, a lot of very summery albums are seeing the light of day this week: Florence + The Machine, dubstep DJ Bassnectar, Canuck indie troupe Eight and a Half to start. There's also folk songstress Bonnie Raitt, UK balladeers Scars on 45, surf-infused punk rockers FIDLAR, and Aussie dance outfit Gold Fields who have new albums ready for your waiting ears. Want even more new music? Listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist and read the playlist notes below.
Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
Garage quartet Alabama Shakes are finally releasing their debut album, which blows up the bluesy goodness of single “Hold On” to album size.
Kanye West - “Mercy”
The biggest name in hip-hop releases a taste of his forthcoming collaborative mixtape in the form of “Mercy,” an unusually dark instrumental featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - “Never Go Back”
The slinky “Never Go Back” is the first single from The Lion the Beast the Beat, the fourth album by this Coachella-bound folk-rock quartet.
M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion
The singer-songwriter, also known as the male half of She & Him, releases his seventh studio album today. It's his first in three years.
Curren$y - “What It Look Like (feat. Wale)
Two prolific hip-hop champs unite over a stirring instrumental of sweeping strings and undulating harp.